OLCHS selects a grand marshal for its Homecoming parade each year based on a person’s commitment to the community and Spartan PRIDE. This year’s 2017 Grand Marshal is Assistant Superintendent Joseph McCurdy. McCurdy was chosen for his years of service as an Assistant Principal for thirteen years. McCurdy defines Spartan Pride, working tirelessly to bring Oak Lawn Community High School numerous great events and engage students in the school community. Whether it was his purple suit for Paint the Gym Purple or his Spartan green suit at all pep rallies, McCurdy was Mr. Spartan, modeling spirit and pride for the students and staff.
McCurdy said, “I am honored to be this year’s Grand Marshal. The parade is just one of many elements of the Spartan Homecoming Week that builds excitement and school spirit that lasts throughout the year. The week provides our students an opportunity to embody Spartan Pride and provides our alumni an opportunity to visit the campus. My favorite thing about the parade is seeing the smiling faces along the route. The adults enjoy the tradition and our future Spartans always enjoy getting candy.”
The Homecoming parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, starting at 89th and Austin and travelling South to Oak Lawn Community High School followed by the pep rally and fireworks. On Friday, the football team will take on the Argo Argonauts. Sophomores will kick off at 4:30 p.m. and the Varsity game will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Homecoming Dance will take place on Saturday, September 23 between 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. in the Spartan Gym.